Day: September 17, 2010

US House of Representatives Passes Resolution Honoring Michigan Tech

US Rep. Bart Stupak’s office issued the following news release Tuesday:

The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution Sept. 14 introduced by Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) honoring Michigan Tech on its 125th anniversary and for its contributions to Michigan and the country.

“For 125 years, Michigan Tech has educated thousands of students in some of the areas most vital to the future success of our nation, such as science, engineering and mathematics,” Stupak said. “I thank my colleagues for joining me today to honor Michigan Tech and its students as they continue to be world leaders in innovative technological research and education.”

Michigan Tech was first chartered as the Michigan School of Mines in 1885, and in 1927 was renamed the Michigan College of Mining and Technology with the added responsibility to “promote the welfare of the industries of the State.” The school continued its educational mission, and in 1963 the state’s new constitution renamed the school Michigan College of Science and Technology, followed shortly in 1964 by the name it holds today.

The school’s mission is to create the future with the vision of continued growth as a premier technological research university of international stature, delivering education, new knowledge, and innovation for the needs of our world.

Michigan Tech hosts 7,000 students and provides an exceptionally high quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, graduating 83 percent of students in those disciplines.

In 1990, the school’s A.E. Seaman Mineralogical Museum was designated as the official “mineralogical museum” of Michigan with the second-largest holdings of any university mineralogical museum in the nation.

Michigan Tech’s students also enjoy success outside the classroom. The school’s athletic programs are highly successful competitively as well as academically. Michigan Tech’s student athletes are consistently among the top in the nation with the highest grade point averages, while performing exceptionally well in their respective sports led by the successes of the women’s basketball team, which for the last two years has made it to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

“I congratulate Michigan Tech on its 125th anniversary and look forward to watching it continue to play an important role in northern Michigan for years to come,” said Stupak.